Never before has the role of the public affairs reporter been more important. This up-to-date book shows students how to cover a specialty beat and write informative pieces for a mass audience. The book gives thorough treatment to each beat, including the history of coverage, practical suggestions for covering the beat logistically, and tips on writing the stories. Moreover, it explains the special circumstances and problems of covering each beat and offers solutions. The discussion draws examples from headlines about such issues as the 1992 presidential campaign and the Los Angeles riots.